MMSD - Sprecher School Estates

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On May 16, the neighborhood association received the preliminary plat plan for the large lot bordered by Dominion, Wyalusing and Sprecher. This is parcel number 071012213014 which is currently owned by the school district. The proposed name for that area is MMSD-Sprecher School Estates.

The plat extends Herndon from Wyalusing Drive to Dominion through the lot. This, in part, divides up the lot into 11 smaller lots as follows:

  • Lot 1: Fire Station (corner of Sprecher and Wyalusing)
  • Lots 2-10: Single Family Residential. Within these proposed new lots are existing lots where there are currently two houses. One of those houses is in the Town of Blooming Grove and the other is labeled as the City of Madison and First Addition to Reston Heights Lot 247.
  • Lot: 11: School. This is the large area that would be between the "new" Herndon Drive and the park.

The property to be rezoned is located at 651 South Sprecher Rd.

Ordinance File #07735

The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

Paragraph 3317 of Subdivision (a) of Subsection (2) of Section 28.06 of the Madison General Ordinances is hereby created to read as follows:

"28.06(2)(a)3317. The following described property is hereby omitted from A Agriculture, R2 Single-Family Residence District, R3 Single-Family and Two-Family Residence District and R4 General Residence Districts and added to the R2 Single-Family Residence District:

Lot 248, First Addition to Reston Heights, City of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, containing 20.756 acres."

The preliminary plat is available on the City's Planning and Development website.

Re: MMSD - Sprecher School Estates

All: There has been a snafu with this plan that is not insurmountable, but can use a little of your help!

Here's some background: the FINAL plat was approved by the Plan Commission and Common Council in November of 2007 - a routine project and path. There were letters of offers sent and accepted between the City and MMSD. But, a final sale was never made because MMSD did not ever record the final plat. A technicality for most of us, but a legal reality to mark off a piece of property and sell it.

In the interim, the city worked on the impression that everything - the school site, the lots for the LaFollette students to build upon for their class and the fire station were a go. Far into the future, (fire station 2012 or 2013); school following a referendum, but still a done deal. Only the check hadn't changed hands for the fire station.

As with all developments - and MMSD is now a developer with this unique lot arrangement - the city assesses the developer for improvements or the developer simply puts them in and pays for them per city instructions, and the city accepts the work. Roads and a traffic circle - thinking ahead to calming already! - are part of the plan. Here is the assessment:

$502,012.20 STREET (includes a traffic circle at Herndon and Wyalusing when Herndon goes through as part of the plan - est. in this figure of $100,000)
$75,000.00 LIGHTING
$73,800.00 STORM
$147,600.00 SANITARY
$123,000.00 WATER

$921,412.20 TOTAL (W/ ENG & CONT)

Recently, MMSD and the School Board decided the assessment was too high, even though the city offered a payment over time and normal rate structure. So, negotiations continue at a furious pace, lots of surprised and disappointed people, including me and you.

The good news is that the long horizon buys time for both parties to continue to talk. From my perspective, MMSD needs to live up to their plans and now apparently, tentative, agreements, sell the fire station the lot and continue to plan for this school. The other good piece of news is that two new school board members have been elected and the topics will be discussed at the May 5 board meeting.

Here's where you come in: call or e-mail the School Board reps - Mr. Winston lives in our district and has always been responsive in the past. If you supported any of the new members, remind them that this is important to you and you want them to support it. And, remind the incumbents we're out here, growing and expecting this school.

All in all, it strikes as a rather strange argument - we tax payers support both the city and the school with our real estate payment. Either way, WE all pay for it.

You'll learn more at the SENA meeting on Saturday - your guests from Fire and MMSD are as in the middle as us. Be nice and let them know how you feel so they can share with others back at the office on Monday.
Lauren Cnare
Alder Dist 3
226-0987

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Is this something that we as taxpayers in this city are supposed to be happy about? I fail to see the joy in having this entire development being basically shoved down our throats without any kind of discussion.

I have lived in this area since December 2005, and September 3, 2008 was the first time I have ever heard of the Sprecher East Neighborhood Association, let alone this entire development plan.

Do we not get to have any type of say in what goes on in our neighborhoods?

Christine Alder
chirstinealder [at] yahoo [dot] com

Re: MMSD - Sprecher School Estates

Has anyone written to this gal and told her to join SENA???? I don't know how she has missed our mailings.

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Fire Station Update:
Can't speak for the school's plan, but the firre station has a new proposal. Here is the text of the postcard being sent to nearby neighbors, which include the folks at MetroTech and portions of Grandview Commons. You are all welcome to attend the meeting.

Dear Neighbors:
Several years ago, a new fire station was slated to be built in our area to preserve the fire department's benchmark of a 5-minute response time for ambulance and fire truck service. The original lot was to be part of the school site in the Door Creek neighborhood, but the school district has failed to reach agreement with the city and we have gone shopping elsewhere. There is a lot for sale in the Metro Tech area (southeast corner of Milwaukee St. and Sprecher Rd.) between Towne Center Dr. and the interstate. It meets the response time goal, has proper access, an approved use in the neighborhood plan, a suitable price, a willing seller and buyer.

Please join City of Madison Real Estate and Fire Department staff to discuss the proposal on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm at the East District Police Station Community Room, 809 S. Thompson Dr. If you have questions, please contact me at 226-0987 or district3 [at] cityofmadison [dot] com.

FIRE STATION MEETING CORRECTED DATE

This postcard was sent to immediate neighbors, and you, too, are welcome to attend.

Dear Neighbors:
Several years ago, a new fire station was slated to be built in our area to preserve the fire department's benchmark of a 5-minute response time for ambulance and fire truck service. The original lot was to be part of the school site in the Door Creek neighborhood, but the school district has failed to reach agreement with the city and we have gone shopping elsewhere. There is a lot for sale in the Metro Tech area (southeast corner of Milwaukee St. and Sprecher Rd.) between Towne Center Dr. and the interstate. It meets the response time goal, has proper access, an approved use in the neighborhood plan, a suitable price, a willing seller and buyer.

Please join City of Madison Real Estate and Fire Department staff to discuss the proposal on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm at the East District Police Station Community Room, 809 S. Thompson Dr. If you have questions, please contact me at 226-0987 or district3 [at] cityofmadison [dot] com.